Aromatherapy products are known for smelling good. Medical Aromatherapy takes it a step further by using essential oils not just for their nice scent, but for their specific therapeutic benefits to the body, both physically and emotionally.
While humans have been using plant aromatic compounds, called essential oils, for thousands of years the plants have been fine tuning their healing powers for millions of years. Yes, millions of years. Medical Aromatherapy takes these powerful plant essential oils and applies them to everyday concerns such as boosting your immune system and energy levels, improving mood and mental focus, or helping calm and relax you.
The sense of smell is connected directly to the brain's limbic system, the area that regulates emotions, motivations and memory.
This means that essential oils can have an immediate impact on your nervous system, which plays a role in nearly every aspect of your health and well-being.
1. Scent molecules bond with receptors
2. Olfactory receptors send electric signals that travel to the olfactory bulb.
3. They travel along the offactory tract and are transmitted to higher regions of the brain. Those areas of the brain send signals to the nervous system, lymphatic system, muscular systems, circulatory system, etc.
You've smelled an essential oil before when you've peeled an orange and the aroma from the zest bursts into the air.
What you smell is a combination of different plant chemicals. Some of these chemicals have therapeutic benefits such killing mold and staph infections, lowering blood pressure and stress levels, or elevating mood.Learn More